Hip Hop Legends Cypress Hill go old school at UC Theatre

Clouds of thick smoke filled Berkeley’s UC Theatre. Lighters clicked, blazing the tips of blunts and spliffs everywhere. A giant psychedelic elephant lit up the stage — its colors slowly morphed from purple to green. And then, darkness. Opaque blue light shone upon superstar guest DJ Mix Master Mike. Standing in for Cypress Hill’s own … Continue reading Hip Hop Legends Cypress Hill go old school at UC Theatre

Eels Electrify the Regency

“Life is hard, and so am I. You better give me something, so I don’t die.” It’s been 23 years since “Novocaine for the Soul” plunged its way into Eels fans’ hearts. The song’s opening lines still relate, and their live rendition gave the classic tune a much darker twist. If you asked the hundreds … Continue reading Eels Electrify the Regency

Gang of Four awaken anarchist spirit at The Chapel

“Gang of Four” projected just atop the red arch that mounts The Chapel’s stage in San Francisco. It was the only light illuminating the small room just before the band drenched the crowd in radiating guitar noise. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder, fans jerked their knees as the drums crept in to renowned opening track, “Anthrax.” “And I … Continue reading Gang of Four awaken anarchist spirit at The Chapel

Better Oblivion Community Center, a folksy pair

The collaboration between Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst, Better Oblivion Community Center (BOOC), came to rock the sold-out crowd at August Hall on a Friday night. Backed by a full band, the duo ripped through an exciting set of music from their eponymous debut record as well as some deep cuts from Oberst’s and Bridgers’ back catalogues. … Continue reading Better Oblivion Community Center, a folksy pair

Rockabilly reverend delivers signature Gretsch twang

Reverend Horton Heat exude classic rock ‘n’ roll — they’re a whole lot of rockabilly, and a little bit punk, country, surf, and jazz. They’ve been riling up fans with thundering guitar runs for decades. It’s no wonder a sold-out crowd packed Slim’s in San Francisco for a night of rockabilly gospel. Looking around you’d … Continue reading Rockabilly reverend delivers signature Gretsch twang

Melvins deliver trio of bass in Berkeley

You can spot King Buzzo from a mile away. Strapped with the only guitar on stage, Buzzo (Roger Osborne) gazed over the crowd through his frizzy, grey mop. Steven Shane McDonald and Jeff Pinkus plucked and pulled not one, but two bass guitars, and drummer Dale Crover pounded his kit from back-and-center. It’s been 27 years … Continue reading Melvins deliver trio of bass in Berkeley